Settlement Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely will formally resign from the government in order to be appointed Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom. She leaves for London by September, replacing Ambassador Mark Regev.
As Israel’s new unity government was being formed, Netanyahu offered the job to Hotovely. She initially asked for time to consider the offer and recently announced to Netanyahu that she will accept the position. The next Minister of Settlement Affairs will be Tzachi Hanegbi, who today is a minister without portfolio. Hanegbi has already begun preparatory meetings prior to assuming the position.
Because of her views in favor of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, Hotovely’s appointment as Israeli ambassador in London will for her be akin to Daniel in the lions’ den. Her every visit to a British campus where BDS activists are so vocal will be accompanied by heated protests. However, as far as Hotovely and her career are concerned, this appointment is not just a major challenge. It is also an opportunity with a broad role that will advance her status within the Likud party.
Hotovely said: “I see this role as one of the most important in the diplomatic service, certainly at this time with the international struggle regarding Israeli sovereignty/annexation decisions at stake. I see it as a political challenge and an opportunity to defend Israeli policy on this issue on the diplomatic front in Europe.”